Good read on pi day

March 14, 2012|By Dave Rosenthal

I must have a bit of math-nerd in me, because of all the poems I ever was taught in school, one of the few that stayed with me was a humorous French ditty about pi. The number of letters in each word conformed to the results for pi, which is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter: 3.1415 etcetera, etcetera.

It began -- and this is from memory, no lie: Que j'aime a faire apprendre un numero utile aux sages ..." There are plenty of other examples of piphiilology, including: How I need a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.

To mark pi day, 3/14, here is some suggested reading if you want to learn more about the quirly calculation:

-- "The Joy of Pi" by David Blatner,

-- "A History of Pi" by Petr Beckmann,

-- and of course, in another vein: "Life of Pi by Yann Martel.


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